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106/3, Saranankara
  Road, Dehiwela,
     Sri Lanka
   + 94 1 2727941
A visionary arrives in Sri Lanka

• The Founder, Rev. Father Michael
  Catalano, a Jesuit Priest, born on the
  6th of January 1926 in Terlizzi, in the
  Municipality of Corato of the
  Province of Barri, Italy. He came to
  Sri Lanka about 50 years ago and
  worked as a missionary. His mission
  in Sri Lanka could be described in a
  prayer he recited every day.
PRAYER
         Prayer of a Missionary
    To put a smile on one sad face
   To touch a lonely life with grace
     To calm a fear, to wipe a tear
 To bring some light to one dark place
        Lord, let this be my task
       To do such needed thing
         My whole life through
       And in so doing, let me be
          Much more like you
           Much less like me.
How it all began!
       Cato at work
During the racial riots that broke out
in 1977, many of the culprits were
found to be from the banks of the
Wellawatte & Dehiwela Canals. It
was after the riots that work first
started among them. The force
behind the Shanti movement was
Rev. Father Michael Catalano.
Traveling on a motor bicycle he
visited these communities.
Shanti
means
     What’s Shanti?

Shanti is a non-sectarian, non-
political and non-profit making
voluntary service organization.
It operates among the shanties
on both banks of the Dehiwela
Canal, on the 1.5 mile stretch,
between the Pamankade Bridge
and the sea. We deal with 816
families with 3600 people in 650
shanties.
            VISION
To foster the FULL, PERSONAL,
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY GROWTH of
the shanty people by involving them in
a process of economic, social, cultural,
civic and religious development – with
a view to INTEGRATE them among
themselves and with the larger
community through initiating such
processes which reach out and involve
people in a process of humanization.
OUR WAYS & VISION

• SHANTI IS THE FULL PEACE & JOY THAT COMES FROM LOVE, HARMONY
  AND FULFILMENT
• SHANTI IS LOVE, CONCERN & SHARING OF GOOD & OF SELF
• LOVE IS GETTING INVOLVED IN THE PROGRESS AT JOY OF OTHERS
• TRUE LOVE FINDS A REASON TO EXCUSE & FORGIVE & ENDURES ALL.
  IT IS PATIENT &KIND AND NEVER TIRED OR HURTFUL
• PEOPLE AND FAMILES CAN ONLY SURVIVE IF THERE IS LOVE AND
  CARE
  LET US JOIN TOGETHER
• TO ENDURE FOR ALL A GOOD HOME
• EDUCATION & A GOOD ENVIRONMENT
• TO EMPOWER OTHERS & HELP THEM REALIZE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL
• TO SHARE OUR PROBLEMS & POOL OUR EFFORTS IN SOLVING THEM
• OUR TASK IS NOT TO JUDGE AND CONDEMN BUT TO LOVE & SAVE.
    MISSION
PROMOTING VALUES
   FOUNDER’S ADVICE
• Seek the TRUTH not interpretations
• This is WISDOM & ENLIGHTENMENT
• View the truth in COMMUNION with
  reality
• Respond with SELFGIVING,
  SHARING & LOVING SERVICE
• Receive in turn FULFILLMENT & JOY
• There’s no PEACE without JUSTICE
• LOVE pervades & entwines, the
  whole process of HUMANIZATION
  PRE SCHOOLS

 Father Cato as we
    fondly called
him ,thought that we
  should reach the
families through the
      children.
     PRE SCHOOL
    COORDINATOR
     MRS. ARUNIKA PRIYANGANI
A TEACHER WITH AN EXPERIENCE OF
27 YEARS IN PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
JAYAMINA PRE SCHOOL
BADOWITA, ATTIDIYA
32 CHILDREN 02 TEACHERS
   SHANTI PRE SCHOOL
VIHARA LANE WELLAWATTE
  23 CHILDREN 02 TEACHERS
 VIDUMINA
PRE SCHOOL
  KALINGA
25 CHILDREN
02 TEACHERS
   VASANA PRE SCHOOL
STAFFORD ROAD PAMANKADA
 21 CHILDREN 02 TEACHERS
 SINGITHI PRE SCHOOL
     SIDDHARTHA
19 CHILDREN 02 TEACHERS
 PUBUDU PRE SCHOOL
   ROXY GARDENS
    WELLAWATTE
17 CHILDREN 02 TEACHERS
           VICIOUS CYCLE OF MALNUTRITION

                      IN PRE SCHOOLS




•   22% of married women in the reproductive age group are
    malnourished.
•   Malnutrition in pre-schools continues to be a serious
    health concern according to a Demographic and Health
    Survey conducted by the Department of Census and
    Statistics, Sri Lanka.
•   17% of the children, under five years have been born as
    low birth weight babies.
•   Low birth weight babies show a higher vulnerability to ill
    health and retarded mental and physical growth.
•   Living standards, water and sanitation, birth weight, birth
    interval, parity, sex of child, weaning practices and
    mother’s education are a few of the important
    contributory factors which have been identified.
 A PRUDENT RESPONSE
• A HEALTH PROGRAM WITH A TEAM OF DOCTORS LED BY
  DR. MAXI FERNANDOPULLE A RETIRED CONSULTANT
  PAEDIATRICIAN WHO RECOMMENDS VITAMINS AND
  IRON TONIC FOR THE CHILDREN
• NUTRITION PROGRAM WITH Ranposha AND MILK
  SERVES THE NEEDS OF LACTATING MOTHERS AND
  PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

• IF AND ONLY IF
• FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM GENEROUS DONORS
AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES




     THEY DO DANCE WELL!
      CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

 Shanti Pathum 2010
The end of the year concert: Shanti
 Pathum 2010 by the pre-school
 teachers and students was held at
 the Lumbini Hall, Havelock Road,
 Wellawatte, Colombo on 2nd
 December 2010.
         CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

    Shanti Taru 2010



Shanti Taru 2010 was an end of the year program by the
 children of the after school program and the children of
the Trelizzi program beneficiaries. This concert was held
   at the S. De S. Jayasinghe Hall of the Dehiwela-Mt.
Lavinia Municipal Council, Colombo on 08 December 2010
             CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

 Christmas Carols 2010
Christmas Carols-2010 was hosted by the Italian Embassy at the Sri
   Lanka Foundation Institute on 14 December 2010. The children
   sang carols in English, Sinhalese, Tamil and Italian. The program
   included a play in Sinhalese on the birth of Christ.
               OUR CHILDREN




OUR TEACHERS
Sewing Classes
                                          @ Siddharthapath




•   Tilaka aunty teaches 46 children from 3-5 pm.
•   Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim children all study together amicably
    participating in hand embroidery, machine embroidery and Juki
    machine operation.
•   It has helped them to get away from their congested shanty environment.
•   Many who were trained are in garment factories here and abroad.
•   They feel a sense of pride and achievement .
       REACHING OUT
   TO THOSE DISPLACED BY
             SEA EROSION
Angulana Sea Erosion: 124 persons of 22 families
  were displaced and re-located to 276, Sea Beach
  Road, Angulana, Moratuwa. We provided them with
  water connections and electricity. His Worship Mr.
  Samanlal Fernando, Mayor of Moratuwa switched
  on the lights. Alessia, Fr. Cato’s niece awarded the
  certificates!
      ELDERS’ RIGHTS



•   TO CARE, RESPECT & SAFETY
•   TO DIGNITY
•   TO BE LOVED
•   TO INDEPENDENCE
•   TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES
•   TO SELF FULFILMENT
•   TO PROTECTION FROM BEING
    WOUNDED & HURT
      ELDERS PROGRAM



• Another very important part of “Shanti” is the
  elders program.
• Every week there gather about 20 people in six
  different places to read, cook, sew and spend time
  together.
• For many of them, this is the only time when they
  have a real warm meal, someone to talk and gossip
  with and the facilities to watch TV and read the
  newspapers.
• Many of them are living alone, they have to earn
  their living by begging.
• They carry some food to those elders who are
  house bound.
    LOVING SERVICE
          BY
NEELAMANI & MANGALIKA
BREAKFAST IS READY
       ELDERS RELAX
ELDERS’ RIGHT TO REST & RECREATION
 FOUNDER LEAVES US

SUNRISE:06-01-1926
SUNSET:14-12-2009

FATHER MICHAEL CATALANO DIED AT HIS
  ANCESTRAL HOME IN TERLIZZI IN THE
 MUNICIPALITY OF CORATO SITUATED IN
       THE PROVINCE OF BARRI.

  MAY HE REST IN PERFECT PEACE
 ALESSIA& MUM,FLORA,
  AGNESE, GAETANO &
FRANCESCO VISIT SHANTI
 THREE MONTHS AFTER

• The Venerable Yatinuwara Vijithasiri, Mahanayake of
  the Badovita Jananandana Arama Vihra
  administered PANSIL & seven monks participated in the
  almsgiving & prayed that Fr. Michael Catalano may
  be blessed with eternal life.
• Buddhist priests exhort the flock to whisper a prayer in
  gratitude for all what Father Catalano was for the
  Shanti community and that he rest in perfect peace.
• The Mahanayake tells his flock that according to the
  Kilokutta Sutra the deceased i.e. Father Catalano
  would peep in and slink out unnoticed with a smile as
  a sign os his appreciation of this memorialization of
  his passing away.
     ALMSGIVING

BUDDHIST MONKS PRAY
FOR A CATHOLIC PRIEST
MISIRIYA, A MUSLIM LADY
PRAYS WITH BUDDHISTS
FOR A CATHOLIC PRIEST
 SUJEEVA & ALESSIA

STALWARTS OF SHANTI
  VIVACIOUS AND EFFICIENT

     SUJEEVA
SHANTI’S ASSISTANT ANIMATOR
     TRINCOMALEE
     FLOOD RELIEF

300 families in the Trincomalee District
   were helped with dry rations. The
   distribution was done through The
   good offices of the Army Brigadier
       Mr.Dharshana Hettiaratchi.
        VOLUNTEERS
• FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT IS VOLUNTEERS
  -LOCAL & FOREIGN
• NEED OF OUR PEOPLE IS NOT MONEY BUT
  FRIENDSHIP & LOVE
RE-SETTLED VICTIMS OF WAR
             @
        KILINOCHCHI
ON RESETTLEMENT THE GOVERNMENT GIVES

     – 6 roofing sheets of zinc
     – Sri Lankan Rs. 5000 = US $ 45.04
     – Weekly dry rations for a few weeks
      HOW DID THE
    OUTREACH START?
An army friend of Sujeewa who was working
  in the North had asked her for help.
  Sujeewa with a total of Rs. 10,000=[US
  $90] collected from friends bought clothes,
  shoes, ladies under-garments and other
  stuff for the victims of war @ Kilinochchi.
               Father General
                       to
          Jesuit Refugee Service
How can we build something more lasting,
 something which strengthens the
 humanity of those for whom we work? How
 can we help them experience and move
 towards reconciliation, the healing of deep
 wounds often connected with violent
 displacement, so that communities of
 peace can emerge?

Digital News Service - Vol.XV, No.01 of 20 January 2011
 SHANTI’S HOPE

RECONCILIATION
       &
       NO
    PEACE
    WITHOUT
    JUSTICE
RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE

        VS

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE




    JUSTICE TO THOSE GUILTY
              OF

          WAR CRIMES
               &
    CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
RESTORE WHAT WAS LOST
   CYCLES REPAIRED
The LTTE left behind ~ 50,000 bicycles. We
   repaired some for the school children:
   Orphans, G.C.E.(O.L.)& those living far
            away from school @
 Uruthirapuram Maha Vidyalayam-KILINOCHCHI
PLIGHT OF SCHOOLS
        IN
   KILINOCHCHI
    DESTROYED

  NO ELECRICITY

    NO WATER
PRE – SCHOOL @ SHIVANAGAR

     REHABILITATED
PRE-SCHOOLS @ URUTHIRAPURAM

   REHABILITATED / BUILT ANEW
  G.C.E.[O.L.] RESULTS
           OF
    VICTIMS OF WAR
The children of Mallawi-Thunukkai
   did well in spite of suffering
         the wounds of war
 School Stationery to
Children in Trincomalee
I




    KILINOCHCHI EAST
    PRE – SCHOOL & COMMUNITY CENTER
  SHANTI’S METHOD
BRINGING THE ESTRANGED TOGETHER




    LETTING THE SPIRIT
   ACT IN THEIR HEARTS
OUR PRAYER
    Your Spirit changes our hearts

Enemies begin to speak to one another

The estranged join hands in friendship


Nations seek the way of peace together


 Eucharistic prayer for reconciliation – ii.

				
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